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Foam bedding is becoming more and more popular, but traditional memory foam is usually the often the only type you hear about. Did you know that latex foam bedding has been available for years and is preferred by some to memory foam? Here is more information about the strengths of both traditional memory foam and latex foam, so you can decide which bedding is right for you.
Memory foam's origins are in science: Memory foam is a space-age material originally designed for use by astronauts. While it never quite made it into orbit, memory foam was popular in the medical device industry for a while before making the jump to the consumer industry. Much of memory foam's appeal comes from the unique physical properties it has thanks to its rich technological heritage.
Latex foam is from nature: Latex foam has been around for the better part of a century and is made from the sap of rubber trees. Whereas memory foam derives many of its qualities from its space-age heritage, latex foam's appeal lies in how low-tech it is. Many people buy latex foam because many latex foam mattresses and latex foam pillows are made from 100 percent natural latex foam, which is a renewable product.
Prices for either kind of foam are comparable: You can often find memory foam mattresses and other memory foam bedding in a wider range of quality than latex foam bedding, which means that the prices of memory foam mattresses fluctuate quite a bit. If you find a memory foam mattress, memory foam mattress topper, or memory foam pillow at an exceptionally low price, it probably means that the product is made from low-density memory foam. That's not necessarily a bad thing; low-density memory foam feels softer than more expensive foam, but it is also less durable and less supportive, too. Latex foam mattresses, latex pillows, and latex mattress toppers fluctuate less in quality and thus less in price. If you want to buy a latex bed that's made from 100 percent natural latex foam, be prepared to pay a premium price.
Why people choose traditional memory foam: Most people decide to buy a memory foam mattress because they can mold to the contours of a body and then hold that form, eliminating pressure points. While not everyone experiences dramatic results with a memory foam mattress or memory foam bedding, many people report that they feel more rested after sleeping on a memory foam mattress.
Why people choose latex foam: Although latex foam doesn't conform to your contours quite like memory foam, it does quite a bit, and it's soft as soon as you lie down on it. Dedicated users of latex foam mattress and latex foam bedding usually choose it for one or a combination of three reasons.
Some -- not all, check to make sure -- latex foam mattresses and latex pillows are made from 100 percent natural, renewable products.
Latex foam is naturally hypoallergenic and antifungal; if you have allergies, a latex mattress may be a wise choice for you (unless you have a latex allergy).
Many people simply like the feel of foam, but they don't enjoy the way memory foam takes a few seconds to soften.
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